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NSW, Australia
I'm made it past 50! married for over half my life, have 3 kids all grown and I'm loving this part of my life.I was a nurse in my younger days but an unhealthy dose of rheumatoid arthritis put a damper on my career,so I'm at home with the internet.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

bones of a wedding

It's starting to come together.We have the bones of a wedding.

So far organised :

The dress.Selling the first one to pay back the lady in China. It costs too much to send back so I'll sell it and paypal her back.(she's already given me a refund as she sent the wrong dress)
The new one she's chosen is totally different to the first one. I'm under threat of bodily harm if I post a pic until after the wedding,I don't have a pic,so I'm safe. Think Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford etc.

Veil, unusual and pretty suits the period theme.

Jewelry, my mum bought me pearls for my wedding, I've since lost them,so have bought her new .

The Celebrant, lovely local lady who is working with them to give them the ceremony they want.

The reception venue, the local Mechanics Institute hall built in 1890. Has a proper bar with tap and catering kitchen .

The theme: Vintage,Between the Wars, Hollywood glamour.

The colours : Ivory, Red, Black

Flowers, fresh roses for her bouquet and Aaron's lapel.I've ebayed Ivory silk rose buttonholes for the groomsman, pageboy and the Dads. Silk bouquets for the bridesmaids and a silk rose kissing ball for the flowergirl, my niece Molly.This has saved approx $300.

Flower girl dress, it needs to be dipped in tea to take the white out and a tulle underskirt to puff it out a bit.It's not your usual flowergirl dress, but again can't post photo yet.

Invitations,Gemma and Aaron's mum have made these up themselves,they are a nice personal touch.

Bridal dance song and Father daughter dance song.

Menu, done and dusted, very simple as we are doing it all ourselves, going to try the hospitality course at Tafe, see if we can get some volunteers.
cold nibbles for appetisers,so no cooking just prep work.
main meal isroast chicken, baked potatoes, peas,carrots,corn, potato bake."xmas" ham on bone and 3 different salads.bread rolls.Dessert, the wedding cake whipped cream, cheesecake and pavlova.
We will be serving as a smorgasboard.

We've started collecting serving platters and bowls. As it is a vintage theme , it doesn't matter if things don't match.

For table decor, I've started collecting small vases and wineglasses to group together with candles and water cyrstals ,flowers .diamontes etc

Tablecloths, Gem chose an ivory with black spot and striped border. Need to get red table runners.

We still have to find a garden,so we can send out the invites....

I think we've done well in a short time and so far spent approx $500. Aarons mum has bought the bridesmaid dress material and making those up as well as matching vests and ties for the men,so theres probably another $400 .

Aarons sister is giving them the wedding cake and a DJ for the reception music.

Still have to pay for food,grog, celebrant ,a vintage car, tablecloths and decorations and we're done.
approx 120 ppl invited, though suddenly they have a lot more "friends" .

We should bring it in under $2,500 all up if we stay frugal . They can still have a beautiful wedding with the things they wanted,even though they've had to compromise on a few things, it's mostly been a case of thinking outside the box and staying away from the word "wedding" printed on anything.

What planning went into your weddings?


  1. My wedding was a huge formal ordeal - 21 years ago. It was my parent's affair. Last year for our 20th we had a small vow renewal with about 70 people in our home for a catered party - it was lovely being in our home surrounded by our loved ones - family and friends!

  2. sounds perfect! And I think pearls are a wonderful choice- it's what I wore too :)

  3. sounds lovely, can't wait to see the pics.

  4. It sounds sooo pretty, I can't wait to see pics!!!

    We went to Hawaii and did very little. Just showed up, got married and went home. Wouldn't change a thing.

  5. This sounds SO beautiful. I LOVE the theme. I can't wait to see pictures!!

  6. It sounds beautiful. I love the idea of having different dishes and platters that don't match. I think it will look interesting and fun.

  7. My daughter's wedding took on a life of it's own. Everything was about the wedding for a long time. Spent a fortune. Well, more than we planned anyway. Cannot imagine cooking the food myself. You are a brave soul! It sounds lovely! She should be so happy! :)

  8. This is an easy one. Just type wedding stuff into my blog search box and you'll find all my wedding planning stuff.

    We officially have less than 3 months to go. YIKES!

    And as I type this, I am staring at the 80 feet of silk flower garland that still needs to be finished. *sigh*

    Love the vintage hollywood theme. We went with vintage travel, as we are boarding a train for the reception.

  9. As a guy, I understand very little about weddings and am not very clever with organising things I know nothing about. It sounds like it's going to be fairy original so that can only be a good thing. You seem like you're running all over the place sorting things out but I reckon you're massively enjoying it too?

  10. Sounds as if you have things well in hand so frugal as well. How lovely you are all working together to proivide the couple with a wedding to remember.

  11. It sounds like every thing is well in hand and well in budget. It's very smart of you to avoid anything with "wedding" written on it, as it jacks up the price by a bunch!


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